John Fay recently posted the below lineup for Aaron Harang’s last spring start and suggested that it could be the opening day lineup.

Corey Patterson CF
Jeff Keppingger SS
Ken Griffey Jr. RF
Brandon Phillips 2B
Adam Dunn LF
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
Joey Votto 1B
Javy Valentin C
Aaron Harang P

I have problems with Patterson and his .298 career OBP at the top and Dunn and his good OBP hitting down at #5. That aside, if this is in fact Baker’s lineup opening day, what happens to it when Gonzalez returns from his injury and replaces Keppinger? Does he, and his pathetic career .295 OBP, slide into the two spot? Wow, I sure hope not. Patterson then Gonzalez would be a pretty sad one two punch at the top of the order. Worst ever maybe?

Corey Patterson CF
Alex Gonzalez SS
Ken Griffey Jr. RF
Brandon Phillips 2B
Adam Dunn LF
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
Joey Votto 1B
Javy Valentin C

Scared sufficiently of the prospects of this, I decided to look back through Baker’s managerial career and see what the top two spots in his lineup have looked like. The results are below the fold. Seeing names like Thompson, J Patterson, Vizcaino, D Bell, A Gonzalez (The other one.), N Perez, and Cedeno getting time at the top of the order for Dusty in the past does not alleviate my fears. I guess he does like those bases unclogged.

1993         Games  OBP
1-Lewis       101  .302
2-Thompson     95  .375

McGee              .353  1-37 3-12 5-18 6-52


1994         Games  OBP
1-Lewis       108  .340
2-J Patterson  43  .315
2-Thompson     33  .290


1995         Games  OBP
1-Lewis        68  .311
1-D Sanders    50  .327
2-Thompson     70  .317
2-J Patterson  27  .294
2-Benjamin     22  .256


1996         Games  OBP
1-Benard      115  .333
1-Javier       30  .336
2-Mueller      47  .401
2-Thompson     38  .301
2-Scarsone     25  .286


1997         Games  OBP
1-D Hamilton  110  .354
2-Vizcaino    108  .323

Javier             .368  1-34 3-19 6-32
Mueller            .369  2-34 7-49


1998         Games  OBP
1-D Hamilton   90  .398
1-Benard       48  .396
2-Mueller     108  .383

Javier             .385  1-12 3-4 5-26 6-51


1999         Games  OBP
1-Benard      125  .359
2-Mueller      84  .388
2-Santangelo   20  .406
2-R Martinez   19  .327


2000         Games  OBP
1-Benard      125  .342
2-Mueller     121  .333


2001         Games  OBP
1-Benard       75  .320
1-C Murray     68  .319
2-Aurilia     133  .369


2002         Games  OBP
1-D Bell       47  .333
1-Lofton       43  .350
1-Goodwin      23  .321
2-Aurilia     113  .305


2003         Games  OBP
1-Grudzielanek 69  .366
1-Lofton       52  .352
2-A Gonzalez   76  .295
2-Grudzielanek 45  .366

C Patterson        .329 3-37 6-30


2004         Games  OBP
1-Walker       58  .352
1-C Patterson  55  .320
2-C Patterson  47  .320
2-Lee          28  .356


2005         Games  OBP
1-Hairston     76  .336
1-C Patterson  29  .254
1-N Perez      26  .298
2-N Perez      65  .298
2-Walker       61  .352


2006         Games  OBP
1-Pierre      159  .330
2-Walker       32  .356
2-Theriot      29  .412
2-Cedeno       26  .271